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Weight may affect routine blood test results in children, researchers saySubscription

A child’s weight may influence the results of many routine blood tests, research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has suggested

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Step counting can help predict outcomes for patients undergoing lung cancer treatment Subscription

Measuring patients’ step counts before they receive lung cancer treatment could help predict outcomes, research published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics has suggested.

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Low-intensity intervention ineffective at reducing cardiovascular riskSubscription

A low-intensity psychological intervention did not improve physical activity and weight loss in people at risk of cardiovascular disease events, a study published in Heart has shown.

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Consumption of ultra-processed foods linked to diabetes riskSubscription

Consuming greater proportions of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, results of a prospective cohort study have suggested.

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Patients taking anticoagulants feel excluded from therapy decisionsSubscription

Patients with atrial fibrillation report several negative experiences associated with changes to their anticoagulation therapy — something that shared decision-making and patient education could help to address, research has suggested.

Trials of HPV vaccine may have overestimated its efficacy study finds

Trials of HPV vaccine may have overestimated its efficacy, study findsSubscription

The efficacy of human papillomavirus vaccines as a preventative for cervical cancer may have been overestimated in trials, a review in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has concluded.

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Multimodal exercise improves Parkinson’s disease symptomsSubscription

Exercise plans involving both physical and mental challenges, may improve outcomes in people with Parkinson’s disease, research presented at the Future Physiology conference has shown.

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Drug interaction may explain cannabidiol’s effects on severe form of epilepsySubscription

A drug–drug interaction between cannabidiol and clobazam may explain why cannabidiol reduces the frequency of seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy, researchers have reported.

Omega-3 supplements unlikely to prevent depression or anxiety

Increasing omega-3 intake unlikely to prevent depression or anxietySubscription

Increasing long-chain omega-3 intake probably has little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis in The British Journal of Psychiatry. 

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GP-based pharmacist interventions cut cardiovascular risk factorsSubscription

Pharmacist-led interventions in GP practices can successfully reduce risk factors for cardiovascular events, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has suggested.

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Asthma exacerbations during pregnancy linked to birth complicationsSubscription

Women with asthma who experience exacerbations during pregnancy are more likely to have birth complications than women with well-controlled asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal has suggested.

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